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Z-Dome - 3D Immersive Display

February 27, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Z_Dome.jpgby Gerry Block

February 21, 2008 - GDC 2008 is rife with impressive displays. Triple-monitor setups abound, as do giant single LCDs. None, however, offer 180-degrees of wrap-around immersion, other than Z-Dome.

The innovative display technology, developed by EuroTouch Interactive, makes use of rear-projection to spread a display over a massive space that wraps around the player, brining a semi-virtual-reality experience out of the headset and into the game room.

Z-Dome's product relies upon rear-projection from standard consumer projectors, in this case the excellent Panasonic PT-AX200U. When projected upon the rear side of the Z-Dome, the image translates brightly to the viewing side via proprietary coatings applied to the dome. The wrap-around display effect created is both immersive and game-able, particularly in FPS titles like CoD4.

Z-Dome has a strong history of supplying technology to the military and business applications, and today announced plans to release a consumer version of the technology. According to company representatives, by the end of 2008, 180-degree Z-Dome products will launch in the consumer space, packaged with a projector, for less than $5,000.


Follow-on products will expand the theme. 270-degree Z-Dome prototypes exist for fully-immersive experiences. Stereoscopic 3D is also possible via multiple projectors, and the 3D effect made possible by the curved Z-Dome creates a deeper depth of field than flat panel displays.

The effect of the Z-Dome is impressive in person, and we're stoked consumers will eventually have access to the technology. Stay tuned for more news from Z-Dome as the product nears consumer release.

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